Transformation-associated Recombination (TAR) Cloning and Its Applications


“TAR cloning is used to genetically engineer synthetic viruses with novel properties that may be used for the development of new vaccines.”

BUFFALO, NY- January 8, 2024 – A new review paper was published in Oncotarget's Volume 14 on December 22, 2023, entitled, “Transformation-associated recombination (TAR) cloning and its applications for gene function; genome architecture and evolution; biotechnology and biomedicine.”

Transformation-associated recombination (TAR) cloning represents a unique tool to selectively and efficiently recover a given chromosomal segment up to several hundred kb in length from complex genomes (such as animals and plants) and simple genomes (such as bacteria and viruses). The technique exploits a high level of homologous recombination in the yeast Sacharomyces cerevisiae.

“TAR cloning has become a valuable procedure for the selective and efficient isolation and manipulation of large DNA molecules. [...] The ability to isolate individual gene alleles will help to clarify whether a particular allele is associated with predisposition to different diseases, including cancer.”

In this new review, researchers Natalay Kouprina and Vladimir Larionov from the National Cancer Institute's Developmental Therapeutics Branch summarized multiple applications of the pioneering TAR cloning technique, developed previously for complex genomes, for functional, evolutionary, and structural studies, and extended the modified TAR versions to isolate biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) from microbes, which are the major source of pharmacological agents and industrial compounds, and to engineer synthetic viruses with novel properties to design a new generation of vaccines. TAR cloning was adapted as a reliable method for the assembly of synthetic microbe genomes for fundamental research.

“In this review, we also discuss how the TAR cloning in combination with HAC (human artificial chromosome)- and CRISPR-based technologies may contribute to the future.”

Read the full paper: DOI: https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.28546

Correspondence to: Natalay Kouprina

Email: [email protected]

Keywords: transformation-associated recombination, TAR, microbes, biomedicine, biotechnology

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